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The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Adam McKay

Season 05 | Episode 48

Adam McKay

My Favorite Year: 1987

For the season 5 season finale, Writer/Director/Producer Adam McKay returns to the podcast to discuss movies from his favorite year of cinema… 1987.

The Movies That Made Me will return with Season 6 in January. Happy Holidays! Thank you for listening!

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Tin Men (1987)
Billy Jack (1971)
The Menu (2022)
Boyz N The Hood (1991) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
Menace II Society (1991)
Straight Out Of Brooklyn (1991)
Do The Right Thing (1989) – Allan Arkush’s trailer commentary
School Daze (1988)
The Swarm (1978) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
The Squeeze (1987)
Squeeze Play (1979) – Lloyd Kaufman’s trailer commentary
Diner (1982)
Robocop (1987) – Dan Ireland’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray and 4K Blu-ray reviews
The Evil Dead (1983) – Fede Alvarez’s trailer commentary
Evil Dead II (1987) – Mike Mendez’s trailer commentary, Alex Kirschenbaum’s review
Broadcast News (1987)
Raising Arizona (1987)
The Princess Bride (1987) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
This Is Spinal Tap (1984) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
The Straight Story (1999) – Ti West’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
She’s Gotta Have It (1986)
Wings Of Desire (1987)
House Of Games (1987)
Homicide (1991)
Oleanna (1994)
Wall Street (1987)
Nixon (1995)
The Big Short (2015)
Goodfellas (1990) – Allan Arkush’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairing
On The Waterfront (1954) – John Badham’s trailer commentary
A Face In The Crowd (1957) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review
The China Syndrome (1979) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Network (1976) – Chris Wilkinson’s trailer commentary
Dr. Strangelove (1964) – Michael Lehmann’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
The Fountainhead (1949)
Atlas Shrugged: Part I (2011) 
Atlas Shrugged: Part II (2012) 
Atlas Shrugged: Part III (2014)
The Misfits (1961)
Out Of The Blue (1980)
Withnail & I (1987) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairings
Walker (1987) – Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review
Predator (1987) – Alex Kirschenbaum’s review
Predator 2 (1990)
Top Gun (1986) 
Commando (1985) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
The Terminator (1984) – Adam Rifkin’s trailer commentary
My Dinner With Andre (1982)
The Karate Kid (1984) – Ti West’s trailer commentary
The Karate Kid Part II (1986)
The Last Emperor (1987) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
Planes, Trains And Automobiles (1987)
Over The Top (1987)
Masters Of The Universe (1987) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
Kramer Vs. Kramer (1979)
Road House (1989)
Barfly (1987) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
Angel Heart (1987)
Less Than Zero (1987)
The Dead (1987)
Hope And Glory (1987)
Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (1987)
Housekeeping (1987)
Good Morning Vietnam (1987)
Radio Days (1987)
Infested (2002)

Other Notable Items

The Krass Brothers 
Adam’s very honest fake Chevron ad
Chapo Trap House
Matty Rich
Spike Lee
“Fight The Power” song by Public Enemy (1989)
Michael Keaton
Barry Levinson
Bonanza TV series (1959-1973)
“Good Thing” by Fine Young Cannibals (1987)
Sam Raimi
Steven Bochco
Cheers TV series (1982-1993)
James L. Brooks
William Hurt
Holly Hunter
Albert Brooks
Nightline TV series (1980- )
Owen Burke
Richard Dreyfuss
Danny DeVito
Barbara Hershey
The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure novel by “S. Morgenstern” (secretly William Goldman) (1987)
Rob Reiner
David Lynch
Spike Lee-Michael Jordan “Mars Blackmon” Nike commercial campaign
Robert Goulet
Richard Pryor
Sidney Poitier
TFH Guru Ernest Dickerson
The Wire TV series (2002-2008)
Peter Falk
John Singleton
David Mamet
Josh’s “I Will Not Read Your F*%!ing Script” Village Voice article (2009)
David Mamet’s “Why I Am No Longer A Brain Dead Liberal” Village Voice article (2008)
Our friends (and sponsors) at Movies Unlimited
Oliver Stone
Alan Greenspan
Michael Douglas
Liar’s Poker memoir by Michael Lewis (1989)
The Big Short book by Michael Lewis (2010)
Michael J. Fox
Family Ties TV series (1982-1989)
Richard Nixon
Ronald Reagan
Gary David Goldberg
Adam’s Death At The Wing podcast (2021)
Rod Serling
Emmett Till 
Playhouse 90 TV series (1956-1960)
The Twilight Zone TV series (1959-1964)
Waiting For Lefty play by Clifford Odets (1935)
The Fountainhead novel by Ayn Rand (1943)
Bill Maher
Jill Sobule
Hyperobject Industries
Gary Cooper
Joseph McCarthy
Patricia Neal
Alex Cox
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Carl Weathers
Jesse “The Body” Ventura
“Long Tall Sally” song by Little Richard (1957)
Paul Wellstone
Paul Tsongas
Bugs Bunny
Michael Dukakis
Shane Black
John Hughes
John Candy
Steve Martin
Paul Power
Ted Lasso TV series (2020- )
Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty TV series (2022- )
The Cannon Group, Inc.
Sylvester Stallone
“Winner Takes It All” song by Sammy Hagar (1987)
Dustin Hoffman
Meryl Streep
Rob Lowe
Sam Elliott
Ritz Five theater in Philadelphia
John Huston
James Joyce
Christine Lahti
Woody Allen
Hank Paulson

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About the Podcast

Filmmakers and entertainers discuss the movies that inspired them. Hosted by Oscar nominated screenwriter and TFH Guru Josh Olson and TFH Fearless Leader Joe Dante.

The Movies That Made Me is recorded live in Hollywood and engineered by film composer Don Barrett.

About The Hosts

Josh Olson was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood. Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, INFESTED, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, but that’s okay.

He has written features and TV shows with Harlan Ellison, Walter Hill, Slash, Willie Nelson, and Mick Jagger. His Village Voice essay “I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script” became an internet phenomenon, getting upwards of five million hits.

The ten-part audio drama BRONZEVILLE which he wrote, starring Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate, Tracee Ellis Ross, Omari Harwicke and Tika Sumpter was a popular and critical hit, and is currently being developed for TV. He and John Brancato (THE GAME) recently wrote and sold the feature spec TRIGGER WARNING, which is being produced by Thunder Road.

Joe Dante is a director known for his satirical blend of horror and comedy viewed through the lens of grounded, relatable American life. his career in film began as a movie critic at age 12. A few years later, he conspired with Jon Davison to produce The Movie Orgy, an experimental exploration of ‘50s pop culture that metamorphosed into a hit phenomenon bringing Dante to college campus showings nationwide.

Soon after, he followed Jon to Hollywood where he edited trailers for producer Roger Corman before co-directing his first feature, Hollywood Boulevard. His first solo film, Piranha, successfully kickstarted his legendary career with titles like The Howling, Gremlins, The ‘Burbs, Innerspace, and more.

Joe’s dedication to preserving the history of cinema and his near encyclopedic knowledge of movies led to the creation of Trailers From Hell, a web series offering viewers a brief history lesson of movies discussed through their respective trailers.